Brilliant fall color closer to peaking

This beautiful scene looking towards Glen Lake in Leelanau County taken by a viewer shows the brilliant fall color that is getting closer to peak.

For parts of Michigan, peak fall color is poised to arrive this week across parts of the Upper Peninsula with good color also starting to show in Northern Lower Michigan as well.

Based on reports from viewers and other sources, color over interior Western Upper Michigan is about to peak and should last right through the upcoming workweek into next weekend. Right along the lakeshore areas in the U.P., the peak color will be a delayed a little more into next weekend. A viewer of ours, Rick from Naubinway in Mackinac County on the northernmost end of Lake Michigan said in just the past couple of days the color along highway US-2 has really flared up and is quickly filling in there.

Further south into Northern Lower Michigan, color is also increasing and over the next week or so, it may hit peak across interior Northern Lower Michigan, especially north of Gaylord to the Mackinac Bridge including the Pigeon River State Forest area. Peak color will be delayed some right near the Great Lakes in Lower Michigan. Right now, it appears that peak color for most of Northern Lower Michigan will come next weekend (October 12th-13th).

Now if the weather would cooperate. This upcoming weekend will without a doubt be a wet one with a widespread area seeing one to two or more inches of rain. While clouds will be locked in place most of the weekend, the heavier and more widespread rain will arrive later Saturday into early Sunday morning as a cold front passes through. There could even be a rumble or two of thunder Saturday night for good measure. While that system moves eastbound Sunday, a few peeks of sun will attempt to break through the clouds although cooler air passing over the Great Lakes will keep a few showers in the forecast all the way into Monday afternoon.

Although a ways out, for those with fall color tour plans, the weekend of October 12th-13th at this juncture looks better from a weather standpoint.